ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Tuesday decided that it will form a commission to probe into alleged misappropriation s in the foreign aid for Earthquake 2005 victims by the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority.

The top court also ruled that the commission will be comprised  Mansehra’s District and Session Judge.

The court ruled that D&SJ with the assistance of President Manshera Bar Association Munir Ahmed, a representative from Attorney General for Pakistan and a representative of ERRA will propose the Terms of References (ToRs).

The top court further ruled that these ToRs shall be submitted before the court within one week.

It ruled that the timeframe for inquire would be decided after the ToRs.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar took up the matter of alleged misappropriation in the foreign aid for the welfare of earthquake affected areas’ victims.

During the course of hearing, the CJ told an official of ERRA Brigadier Zafar that he had to give explanation of billions of rupees.

The CJ also asked ERRA’s official as to why the authority did not return the vehicles after top court’s orders.

The ERRA’s representative responded that they returned the vehicles day after the orders of top court.

During the hearing, the Chief Justice said that he visited Balakot to ascertain the situation, adding nothing was done there. He further observed that only one road was constructed there and that also with hefty amount.

The ERRA official contended before the top court that Authority which was an executory body was not the only responsible.

The bench, however, decided to form a commission for the probe.

The top court has been hearing the case after its Human Rights Cell received a letter by a citizen of District Manshehra Sheeraz Mehmood Qureshi.

“Massive donations from the international community, individuals and private sector that had received by the government, for the people of earthquake victims and rehabilitation process but unfortunately the government has done nothing for the victim’s people in the area,” the letter stated adding around 17,000 causalities were registered in and around the region alone.

It had further alleged that large scale embezzlement and mismanagement caused this aid to not reach the directly affected and most deserving of affectees.

The letter had regretted that government had made commitment of provision of five marlas plot per family but despite 12-years commitment had not been materialised.

“The situation is direr when it comes to problems the people of the area face in regard to healthcare. As a brotherly gesture in response to the earthquake, Saudi Arabia had provided complete funding for building of King Abdullah Hospital and constructions was started in 2006, Saudi government has already paid the whole funds for construction but after a long time passed building is under progress,” the letter had stated